A General Theory of Behaviour

Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations.  Examples include the double helix in biology and the fundamental equations of physics. Stephen Hawking

Welcome to A General Theory of Behaviour.

A General Theory of Behaviour (AGTB) offers a new perspective on psychological science with homeostasis is its core principle.

The concept of homeostasis has been applied in physiology, the neurosciences, social sciences, philosophy and  psychoanalysis, yet its application in psychology has been relatively slight.  Some of the many interlinkages across disciplines are indicated here.

Richard D Alexander (1975) wrote: Failure of the behavioral sciences to develop an adequate general theory is seen as a result of the difficulty in deriving from evolutionary theory a subtheory, or set of subtheories, with satisfying applicability to the study of behavior. 

There has been a huge theoretical vacuum in psychological science over the entire history of the discipline. AGTB is  fully compatible with evolutionary theory and offers the possibility of unifying psychology as a natural science under a single theoretical umbrella.

Alan Musgrave (1988) holds that: “If a theory has novel predictive success, then it is reasonable to presume (tentatively) that it is true”. The original formulation of AGTB (Marks, 2018) contains 20 principles and 80 empirical propositions. AGTB offers huge potential for investigators seeking to test novel predictions.

Stevan Hobfoll, Rush University Medical Centre, states: “Marks brings exceptional insights and a driving logic to bear to navigate through many fragmented theories of behaviour that are by their nature partial and limited.  It is not that these more fragmented theories are not often important, but that we need the grander theory to hold disparate ideas together.  Marks does so convincingly and in a way that is testable, refutable, and often even entertaining.”

Janine Crosbie, Psychology Lecturer, University of Salford, has stated: “In ‘A General Theory of Behaviour, David Marks has applied scientifically established theory to conceptualize disparate areas of Psychology in a manner that both unifies and brings greater insight, establishing this book as a milestone text of the 21st century.”

Scott Barry Kaufman, University of Pennsylvania states: “The field of psychology has many theories, but no General Theory. The unifying theory David Marks presents, along with the 20 principles, provide rich soil for further testing and opens up exciting avenues for psychology.”

I welcome the participation of new researchers in this project. If you have any questions, please contact: dfmarksphd@gmail.com


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